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self-importance Syllabification: self-im·por·tance

Definition of self-importance in English:


An exaggerated sense of one’s own value or importance: he was a big, blustering, opinionated cop, full of self-importance
More example sentences
  • Without any exaggerated sense of self-importance, the 86-year-old surgeon sat in his spartan office room.
  • Many of the most ingrained ‘caveman’ character instincts derive from a sense of self-importance or ego.
  • He tends to devalue others in order to maintain his own exaggerated sense of self-importance.



Example sentences
  • The sobriety of the streets is relieved by bridges with self-important towers or slightly pompous lions and griffins with gilded wings.
  • As if concerned that his rants may appear too smug or self-important, he tempers them with spoonfuls of self-loathing.
  • It was funny that two former fashion victims now find their former world overbearing and self-important.
conceited, arrogant, bumptious, full of oneself, puffed up, pompous, overbearing, opinionated, cocky, presumptuous, sententious, vain, overweening, proud, egotistical
informal snooty, uppity, uppish
literary Pooterish


Example sentences
  • I think that he is a conventionally PC - and self-importantly ascetic - clergyman.
  • Young peacocks, whose train is only half grown, strut self-importantly around a bevy of shawl-clad females, who ignore them totally.
  • On practically every flight these days you'll encounter cell-phone maniacs, barking self-importantly into their little chunks of plastic.

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